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Birmingham To Build Team Of World Cup Stars?

If his Premier League move works out, Mauro Camoranesi’s flowing locks might even win him a gig as the new L’Oréal poster boy.

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FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 27:  Mauro Camoranesi of the Italian footlball team poses for photographer on May 27, 2004 at Coverciano sports ground in Florence, Italy. The Italian team will finish their training camp for Euro 2004 championship  on 5th June.  (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)

Mauro Camoranesi’s agent Sergio Fortunato has revealed that Birmingham have made contact over a possible move for the 33-year old Juventus midfielder.

“There was an official contact with Birmingham. A Fifa agent gave me a letter from the English management,” Fortunato said.

“They made a proposal and I have discussed it with Juventus. Birmingham are a respectable team and the Premier League is a good league.”

Camoranesi has also been linked with Hercules, who are preparing for the new Primera Liga season in Spain after winning promotion last term. Fortunato claims there has been no firm interest, while Camoranesi would not have been so keen on a move anyway.

“With Hercules there has been never anything official, I’ve just heard these rumours,” said the agent.

“With all due respect to the Spanish club, Mauro wants something more than a newly promoted team.

“Mauro wants to play football at a good level for a couple of years. Then, possibly we’ll think about other solutions.” (Sky Sports)

After this morning’s news that Birmingham were looking to secure a loan deal for Fabio Grosso, the story that fellow 2006 World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi wants to join Birmingham ought not to be a surprise.

It most certainly is.

That’s not to criticise Birmingham in any way, but to be on the verge of signing two World Cup winners seems quite a startling development for a side who just two years ago were in the Championship.

Interestingly, he shows no interest in Hercules because unlike Birmingham they are not established in the top flight.

Whether these deals come off or not, it shows some excellent ambition from Alex McLeish to build on their impressive showing last season, and the Italians’ World Cup experience will undoubtedly prove an asset to the Blues. Furthermore, marquee signings such as these might provide a galvanising effect like Jay-Jay Okocha had at Bolton Wanderers back in 2002.

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